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Yay for FFEX!

You know what, I am SO not posting the next chapter of Love Her and Despair, even though I'm just going through the final polish-tuck-smooth-poke-at-prose right now. (3300 words AFTER trimming; I will continue to trim, if I can bear it, though I'm having to balance character goo with action sequence).

All the challenges for ff_exchange are getting posted, and there's some real gems there.

Go read them!

I will wait a few days until the hubbub dies down, because otherwise my own post will get lost in the flood.


trekqueen, someday, I will lure you back to LHAD. I say this with utter selfishness, except that I know you will enjoy how "the tale has grown in the telling."


I guess since I've already stolen a Galadriel quote for the story title, it's a little late to be asking, but I suddenly noticed the action of my latest chapter is mapping to a Tolkien beat.

It was an accident. I can't help it; he's my Shakespeare.


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Aug. 17th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Using Tolkien references for titles is never ever wrong. This is a fact.

Also, I swear that one of these days I will sit down and read & review every single chapter of LHAD, because it looks so very awesome and I am so very lame in never finding the time & emotional fortitude to read the whole thing, because I am a lazy bum who wants to give the emotional kicks in the face the attention they deserve.
Aug. 17th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Eh, I can't really blame folks for being daunted by epic!fic -- there's Death Hath No Dominion sitting on my To Read list after 2 years, and I'm only up to chapter 6 or so, and a recent Zack!survives AU that's being written exquisitely, and so many others!

I did put my heart and soul into this baby. But it's long. I've done everything I can to make it easier, with the "last time on Flash Gordon" summaries at the beginning of each new episode of the serial chapter, but shortfics are easier to grab-n-go!
Aug. 17th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
See, I don't want to read it while I'm in a rush, because I'm sure it is awesomesocks and, y'know, rushing through Tolkien is not the way to appreciate it. But I will! Swears!

Oooh, hey, chapter title idea: I dunno if you share my truly erratic memory for Tolkien poetry, but the last line of the Rohirric poem about the Pelennor is "red fell the dew in Rammas Echor", and I thought that maybe "Red Fell the Dew" might give the tone you're looking for without being quiiiite as blatant a Tolkienism. Just a random thought, as I am wont to have.
Aug. 17th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
A little too beautiful for the chapter, which is flowing away from the focus it had to start with, so I may wind up needing a different title after all. But thank you!

(I can't tell if Auron's playing Aragorn or Théoden in this chapter, whee, but Paine has definitely got the Éowyn thing going.)

Ahhh, now I have the musical rendition of "red fell the dew at Rammas Echor" stuck in my head. Not a bad thing to have stuck, as I love the arrangement.

Have you sampled the old BBC audio play version of LOTR, with Ian Holm as Frodo? To me it's still the "real" dramatization. For the battle of the Pelennor, they use the Mounds of Mundburg poem starting with "Forth rode Théoden, fear behind him" in snippets, performed by a musician who did not stink, as links between scenes within the battle they chose to highlight. They added in lines from Tolkien's description of parts of the battle slightly re-edited for meter ("crashed to the ground with the king crushed beneath him") to cover parts of the battle that the original poem didn't. It was an amazing way to dramatize the battle as audio-only, focusing on individual moment's like Éowyn vs. the Witch King while giving the general sweep of the battle in the background, and a very epic, old-saga feel.

Luckily the music was very well done, so it did NOT have a "Frodo... of the nine fingers...and the RING OF DOOM!" feel to it. (Curse thee, Rankin and Bass)

Edited at 2009-08-17 09:34 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
LOL Not a matter of luring, just finding more time! On the weekends Dal gets mad if I don't pay attention to him so the little time I get tends to be dedicated to the muses especially if they are going nutters (right now I've taken a crazy ass Melkor pretending to be Freyr preying on a Saxon character of mine in this smut writing group I write for... ok that was just strange, no?). I was going to get all caught up on my week off but that didn't happen. :p And Dal finally has a guy working for him again at the shop and now its looking he is intending to make it that he doesn't work Fridays and Saturdays, which is really going to kill any of my ME TIME that I have ever had (usually my Saturday Mornings). *sigh*

And Pelennor Fields is fine and dandy as a title!

edited to add: see he just came in here giving me the evil glare. lol

Edited at 2009-08-17 04:03 am (UTC)
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